Electricity and the Climate

Electricity and the Climate

Jim Rogers

4.6.2009

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy. He was named chairman in January 2007. He has nearly 20 years of experience as a chief executive officer in the electric utility industry. He was named president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy following the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006. Before the merger, Mr. Rogers served as Cinergy’s chairman and chief executive officer for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

In the course of his career, Mr. Rogers has served more than 40 cumulative years on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. He is currently a director of Fifth Third Bancorp, Cigna Corporation and Applied Materials, Inc. He has served as a director of Duke Realty Corporation, Cinergy Corp., PSI Energy, Bankers Life Holding Corporation, Irkutskenergo AO (a Russian utility), and Indiana National Bank. Mr. Rogers is chairman of the Edison Foundation and co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. He serves on the board of directors and the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has testified 16 times on energy and environmental policies before congressional committees. In 2007, Mr. Rogers was named the energy industry’s CEO of the Year by Platts and Business Person of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Mr. Rogers attended Emory University and earned a bachelor of business administration and a JD from the University of Kentucky. The Birmingham, Alabama native was born in 1947. Rogers and his wife, Mary Anne, have two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

In partnership with the Arkansas Public Service Commission, the Clinton School presents Jim Rogers, Duke Energy CEO, who discusses the challenges facing America regarding the increased demand for electricity. Here, he explores alternative energy sources, the importance of technology to the future of the energy industry, and the need for government regulation to decrease carbon emissions. Last year, Mr. Rogers created the "Save-a-Watt" program, which provides incentives to utility companies that help consumers pay for energy-efficient appliances and other conservation measures.